321 Tasting Notes

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Not my favorite oolong, but not bad. The leaves are dark and small and tightly rolled, and dry they have a scent almost of orange and dark chocolate. It brews almost black, losing a bit of the chocolate notes but keeping the orange – it smells a lot lighter once it’s brewed.
It’s a bit astringent, but not in a bad way, just a little more than I’m used to. I think I just have more of a preference for greener oolongs. And the taste is sort of dark and earthy and lingers on the tongue.

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Gah, class registration. Making a huge cup of this so hopefully I’m caffeinated enough to press “Enroll” at the proper time?

This is a smooth tea. It’s creamy and rich, and, like any Earl Grey, it’s complimented well by milk and sugar. I don’t really like adding things much, so I’m glad that the flavor is smooth enough not to require much. Teavana’s Earl Grey, for example, has SO much bergamot that whenever I make it, I have to leave half the mug empty milk / sugar. This just needs a splash of milk and a few rocks of sugar. I’ll definitely keep it on my cupboard for those days when I need a morning tea.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank David's Darjeeling by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s a really pretty golden color. The first steep is light and flowery and woodsy, and there’s a bit of astringency that really isn’t distasteful. I’ve had better Darjeelings, but this one is certainly decent.

On a second steep, I mixed about 1.5tsp of DAVIDs Dragonwell tea in there, and that made it much better. I’ve always been a fan of the Darjeeling / Dragonwell blend, although I’ve only ever had the Teavana version. I wasn’t thrilled with the DAVIDs Dragonwell, but when mixed with the Darjeeling it added a bit of sweetness and spice to the tip of the flavor which wasn’t there before.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m usually not a huge sencha or flavored tea fan, but sometimes I like the two of them mixed together. I can definitely smell the mango here, and the taste is a little sweet and a little grassy. It’s brought out with a little honey. I don’t love this tea, but I do enjoy it, and I may consider buying 50g of it in the future. It’s a beautiful pale green, and it smells warm and crisp and inviting.

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
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I really wanted a bright citrusy tea to warm up today… it’s so dreary and rainy out. And I just remembered I still have a ton of David’s samples tucked away in a tin, so I pulled this one out to try.

This is tart and bright. It definitely smells citrusy dry, and it begins turning the water a light pinky-purple as soon as it starts to infuse. When it’s done, it’s a fantastically dark red. I can really taste the grapefruit and hibiscus in this.
While it is citrusy and fruity and summery, I’m not a huge fan of it. I think it’d be good iced as a summer treat with a little bit of sugar, but I’m not sure I like it enough to want to buy more than the sample I got for free. It’s okay, but it tastes a little artificial and isn’t really my style.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s a decent green tea. The liquor is a bright yellow green, and the leaves are uniformly shaped, flat and silky. However, the flavor is a little more vegetal than I’ve come to expect from a Dragonwell, and it seems a bit weak. On a couple of sips I’ve caught hints of sweetness, but nothing consistently. On the whole, I much prefer Teavana’s nuttier, toastier Dragonwell. This isn’t bad, just not something I’d order more of.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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75

It’s a breakfast tea. It’s very pretty clear, light orangey-brown, and it smells like your typical “American black tea.” (I know David’s Tea is Canadian. I’m just saying.) Fairly light on the taste, with a tiny bit of astringency. I can definitely taste the Assam in this. It’s gets creamy and smooth with a splash of milk, but it doesn’t need sugar.

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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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86

I love this. The pearls are uniformly, tightly rolled and they smell like dry jasmine. They brew a beautiful pale yellow-green, and the jasmine scent floats over the sweetness of the green tea. Delicious, and good for many steepings. As it steeps longer, there’s a caramelly sweetness which lingers on the tongue, and it’s the best part about it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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I want to preface this by saying that this is the first milk oolong I’ve ever tried.

The leaves, dry , are tightly pressed into uniform size but not shape, and there’s definitely a different scent to them – not anything I’d ever associate with tea. Creamy is one word I might associate with it, but I don’t think that’s right. It almost smells like rice pudding simmering on the stove.

The leaves in the tasting cup are about an inch or two long, with ragged edges and a dark green, spinach-y color. The rice scent intensifies, but there’s also a more vegetal, typical “oolong” scent as well.

The liquor is pale yellow, and the rice/pasta scent comes out more strongly here. I can’t say it’s appealing to me. It subsides on later steeps and I sort of start to see where the floral notes other people seem to taste come out, but it still doesn’t taste right to me.

Up for swap if anyone wants!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ian

I would love to swap for this! PM me and we can work something out!

Lucy

Ohh I am drinking that right now and it’s so buttery and delicious! I need to buy more.. I wish I disliked this as you do. It would save me oodles of money on oolong!

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73

Dried, this tea looks as if it will taste delicious. it’s comprised of tightly, not-quite-uniformly rolled, emerald green leaves. There’s an earthy smell to them with hints of jasmine. When brewed, the whole leaves are about two inches long, thick and rubbery, olive green with ragged edges. The liquor is pale yellow, and the taste is definitely primarily “oolong.” The floral notes come out mostly in the scent and the first few infusions, and then there is a buttery, caramelized sugar undertone that comes out at the front of the taste which really gives it some depth. It’s delicate with a dry finish, and the jasmine scent lingers on the tongue. I brewed this gong fu style and got about 7 or 8 infusions out of it (I wasn’t counting).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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